Alice; we’re all in wonderland with you

alice2My rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this with my daughter. I’m not seven years old anymore and so much of the literary nonsense in this book has passed into common usage (“mad as a hatter”, “the queen of hearts” and so forth) and it’s all such a big part of our cultural landscape (“one pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small” – Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit“, in case you were wondering) that I wasn’t sure I’d really be able to appreciate it. I was wrong.

I was really surprised by how little I had to explain to my daughter. She just “got” all the silliness and loved it and it was great fun to read together:

“Why did you call him Tortoise, if he wasn’t one?” Alice asked.

“We called him Tortoise because he taught us,” said the Mock Turtle angrily: “really you are very dull!”

It is nonsense, but wonderful nonetheless.


Like this? I occasionally send out newsletters full of useful writing advice and reading titbits. If you want to receive them, click HERE to subscribe.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s